China has seriously been working to advance its artificial intelligence technology and the country’s efforts have attracted the world’s attention. Google is one of the companies that’s deeply involved in AI research and development so it wasn’t surprising when the company announced that it’s going to set up a dedicated artificial intelligence lab in China.

Some might find it fascinating that Google has decided to build an artificial intelligence lab in China even though its services remain banned in the country. China banned Google’s services many years ago and while the company has gradually been building its presence in the country, there’s no sign of the government easing up restrictions on Google services anytime soon.

This isn’t the first facility of its kind that Google has built for artificial intelligence outside the United States. The company currently has similar facilities in London, Toronto, and Zurich, aside from the one in New York.

The Google AI China Center will also be supporting the artificial intelligence research community by sponsoring and funding AI conferences, workshops, and by closely working with the vibrant AI research community in China.

The facility will attract local talent from China and the region and it’s going to conduct “basic AI research” in several areas according to a report. The researchers will be supported by several hundred engineers based in China. Google says that it has already hired “top experts” to lead the effort.

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